Travel Challenge: A week in Madeira


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Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for specific holiday. Today: a summer break on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each includes a week's accommodation and flights from Gatwick to the capital Funchal in the second week of July.


Classic Collection Holidays

Includes easyJet flights on 12 July, transfers and B&B at the Casa Velha do Palheiro near Mesao Frio. "This elegant country hotel is on the Palheiro golf estate. Guests can get unlimited rounds on the 18-hole course," says Gary Boyer of Classic Collection Holidays (0800 294 9318;


Prestige Holidays

Includes TAP Portugal flights on 11 July, transfers and B&B at the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago in Funchal. "This smaller quinta is in the more interesting, older part of the city, close to shops, bars and restaurants, and has fantastic bay views," says Nicky Shafe of Prestige Holidays (01425 480400;


easyJet Holidays

Includes easyJet flights on 12 July and B&B at the Hotel Santa Catarina in Santa Cruz. Transfers extra. "This comfortable, traditional and friendly hotel is in a superb location within easy reach of the beach, amenities and attractions," says Mandy Round of easyJet Holidays (0843 104 1000;